Cutting Edge Real-time Sentiment Media Insights Data on Coronavirus Covid-19

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Coronavirus Covid19 Data News Monitor
Coronavirus Covid19 Data News Monitor

Real-time Data and media Coronavirus Covid-19 sentiment by Ravenpack

We are living in disturbing times. If the financial crisis and Great Depression took three years to play out, this devastating Coronavirus / Covid-19 crisis has taken mere weeks.

The continuing shock ongoing in the global economy, sciety and financial markets coming from from Covid-19 has been faster and more dangerously severe than all the global financial and social crisis and Depression and probably is the biggest in the last 200 years. Market stock are sstill collapsing by 50% or more and some industry experts believe this is just the beginning. As, entire countries enter in serious issues and credit markets are froze up, we will see massive bankruptcies followed, unemployment rates soared above 10% and GDP contracted at an annualised rate of 10% or more.

In this scenario the best way to optimise cities and government answer to the present global crisis is with data and infrastructure insights. Special looking at how countries and cities are reacting and acting with solutions that are optimised with data and solutions.

In response to the coronavirus global pandemic, RavenPack, a leading provider of big data analytics, has launched an extraordinary live and interactive website wuth multiple points of data to help navigate the oceans of information, sentiment, data currently available on the novel covid-19 coronavirus and its impact on world, society, media affairs.

This dashboard is a free service to the world and can be found here https://coronavirus.ravenpack.com/

RavenPack developed this application to track coronavirus news, sentiment and its impact on society and the economy, measuring key topics currently covered by the media. Research studies from this cutting edge dashboard includes news flows, sentiment analysis, fear often correlate with shifts in broader market trends.

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coronavirus panick attack index by Ravenpack

Some of the features of the dashboard data platform related with data insights from Covi19 – Coronavirus effect in the world are:

COVID-19 Cases – this data box includes the total number of confirmed cases, the total number of deaths, and the total number of recovered patients worldwide.

The Coronavirus Panic Index – this data measures the level of news chatter that makes reference to panic or hysteria and coronavirus. Values range between 0 and 100 where a value of 7.00 indicates that 7 percent of all news globally is talking about panic and COVID-19. The higher the index value, the more references to panic found in the media.

The Coronavirus Media Hype Index – this data indicator measures the percentage of news talking about the novel coronavirus. Values range between 0 and 100 where a value of 75.00 indicates that 75 percent of all news globally is talking about COVID-19.

The Coronavirus Fake News Index – this super relavant data for our times measures the level of media chatter about the novel virus that makes reference to misinformation or fake news alongside COVID-19. Values range between 0 and 100 where a value of 2.00 indicates that 2 percent of all news globally is talking about fake news and COVID-19. The higher the index value, the more references to fake news found in the media.

Coronavirus Fake News Index by Ravenpack
Coronavirus Fake News Index by Ravenpack

The Coronavirus Sentiment Index is a particular relevant indicator that measures the global level of sentiment across all entities mentioned in the news alongside the coronavirus. The index ranges between -100 and 100 where a value of 100 is the most positive sentiment, -100 is the most negative, and 0 is neutral.

According to the company responsibles:

“We hope this helps you get a clear view of global trends and sentiment around the pandemic, and wish that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy”, said Per Roman, Managing Partner and Head of Asset Management of GP Bullhound.

RavenPack team decided to release this public dashboard to answer the extraordinary amount of requests from clients looking for data-driven insights to support their decision making during the current coronavirus uncertain market conditions.

“We wanted to create a more analytical way to track information about the novel coronavirus and to monitor the reactions people are having across the globe, which include things like massive social distancing and panic buying,” said Armando Gonzalez, the Co-Founder, and CEO of RavenPack.

The RavenPack Coronavirus News Monitor is different from other coronavirus dashboards in that it summarizes emotions or sentiments from tens of millions of news articles and public posts into simple indicators, similar to stock tickers.

The top themes related to COVID-19 by Ravenpack
The top themes related to COVID-19 by Ravenpack

The guiding principles behind the design of the monitor are based on research performed by the RavenPack Data Science team. They determined that the sentiment and proportion of global news about topics like “recession fears” often signal the actual impact of real-world events in financial markets, something which RavenPack’s big data platform is uniquely placed to assess.

The monitor contains bespoke indexes uniquely formulated by RavenPack data experts to provide users with added insight and forewarning about changes in the news surrounding the virus – changes that often reflect or foreshadow real-world events.

These include the Contagion Index, which measures the spread of the virus across the media world, the Media Coverage Index, which reflects the proportion of all news that is coronavirus-related, and the Panic Index which provides a gauge of extreme public mood.

The importance of the Coronavirus Monitor Index

These useful and urgent tech data driven indexes monitor are critical for cities and governments as they provide a rich and powerful set of solid interactive global data map, and tables gauging the issues with sentiment on countries, cities and how this impacts financial and economic assets, and it can be adapted for those who want a tailored experience and increase response for governments, city councils and many other leadersa and people working to tackle this massive humanitarian challange our civilisation is facing.

The creation of tools and bespoke fdata vissualisation and graphics with solid based boxes with filters by topic, industry, as well for specific sectors, portfolios is also available and makes this one of the best resources available in this time for anyone that can access, study the underlying data and/or customize the dashboard to their specific use cases and special find best solutions to the multiple issues we are all facing.

About Ravenpack

RavenPack is a leading big data analytics provider for financial services. RavenPack’s platform is used by some of the best performing hedge funds and largest banks worldwide. RavenPack uses AI to turn highly fragmented unstructured content into organised structured data for easier analysis and deployment in financial applications. The firm has a team of more than 100 people and offices in New York City and Marbella, Spain. www.ravenpack.com

About GP Bullhound

GP Bullhound is a leading technology advisory and investment firm, providing transaction advice and capital to the world’s best entrepreneurs and founders. Founded in 1999, the firm today has offices in London, San Francisco, Stockholm, Berlin, Manchester, Paris, Hong Kong, Madrid and New York. For more information, please visit www.gpbullhound.com.

Covid-19 is the biggest-ever cyber security threat to hit businesses

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Infection of a Database on a Computer Network 4K, cybersecurity source

Covid-19 is the biggest-ever cyber security threat to hit businesses

Securely authenticating employees working remotely is becoming critical to business continuity

News release
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The COVID-19 outbreak is forcing millions of employees to work from home. This means countless organisations are faced with a unique challenge: how to keep as many business-critical functions running as possible whilst maintaining adequate security.

Phishing attacks have risen an unprecedented 667 per cent in the UK compared to February[1], as malicious actors trick users via fake coronavirus alerts. Government statistics revealed that 75 per cent of large organisations were hacked last year, meaning this enhanced threat is all the more worrying.[2]

James Stickland, CEO of authentication platform Veridium, highlights that COVID-19 is now posing the largest-ever cyber security threat of recent times. He believes it has shone a light on technology, forcing enterprises to innovate, however, some companies are placing their business at risk by taking shortcuts on security measures.

James Stickland comments: “What makes this situation so difficult are the timeframes. Where typical changes of this scale are planned, researched, deployed and tested over months and even years, the UK now has just weeks to overcome some very real problems. These circumstances, albeit challenging and worrying, indeed present a long term opportunity for businesses to reassess their security strategies. Many companies are facing increasing scrutiny over their identity verification requirements, particularly video conferencing tools which have exploded in popularity. At this current time, invoking business continuity must be prioritised – ensuring clients are serviced and secure authentication for remote employees is provided.”

James continues: “Ensuring that remote workers don’t fall foul of phishing attacks when resetting passwords will be crucial for employees working from home. There has been a 667 per cent increase in funded cyberattacks on passwords, which are already the weakest link in the security trail, being responsible for over 80 per cent of data breaches.”

James continues: “Software based authentication that can be delivered remotely will be key to improving cybersecurity for home workers. Authentication measures that require passwords or PINs put pressure on already inundated or unavailable IT helpdesks through resets. More and more organisations are realising the benefits of taking a multi factor biometric approach to security, which can efficiently safeguard sensitive employee and customer data whilst future-proofing their business.”

James continues: “The way the world works will change after this – individuals and businesses will rethink their priorities. Flexible working will be more accepted, security will matter more, and relationships will matter more. In the same way it takes a cyber-breach to invest in improving security, this pandemic will make a number of businesses overhaul their remote working strategies. It will be very interesting to see how the business and security world will change.”

ENDS

About Veridium

Veridium’s authentication platform enables companies to secure identity and privacy in an all-digital world by proving you are who you say you are with biometrics and your smartphone; utilizing new, innovative technology like its vFace or 4 Fingers Touchless ID to ensure compliance, whilst also providing a convenient, secure experience.

Our authentication platform and proprietary biometrics provide strong authentication, eliminating the need for passwords, tokens, or PINs – delivering multi factor security with single-step convenience at a lower total cost of ownership than traditional MFA solutions.

To learn more about Veridium, please visit www.veridiumid.com.

For further information please contact Isabelle Abdou (isabelle@flamepr.com / +44 7478 322 030).
[1] https://www.itproportal.com/news/email-phishing-attacks-rise-667-per-cent-since-the-start-of-march/
[2] https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252480582/Almost-half-of-UK-businesses-suffered-a-cyber-attack-in-past-year

Coronavirus pandemic pushes pharma sales reps deeper into virtual space

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Coronavirus pandemic pushes pharma sales reps deeper into virtual space

NEWS RELEASE: 31st March 2020

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread globally, virtual platforms will experience an extra boost after already having a transformational impact on the entire healthcare landscape even before the outbreak, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Valentina Gburcik, PhD, Senior Director of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases, Gender Health and Digital at GlobalData, commented: “The shift from in-person to digital is seen in advertising, medical conferences and sales rep meetings with physicians. Virtual health tools are already there enabling companies to have broader engagement with patients and physicians throughout various phases of the patient journey. Sales forces from pharma companies are now using this technology even more to interact virtually with physicians – particularly during the COVID-19 outbreak.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen cancellations of clinical events and conferences, as well as a surge of virtual meetings while all face-to-face contacts halt.

Gburcik adds: “In-person meetings have their own advantages such as people being able to express themselves by using body language and facial expressions that can better convey a message and create a deeper bond with a customer. The lack of a physical component in human interaction may lead to a weaker influence of reps over respective physicians and therefore reduced drug sales. Nevertheless, the ever-increasing internet speed, with 5G on our doorstep, and evolving video conferencing software such as WebEx, Zoom and Skype for Business will somewhat alleviate these problems.”

Over the past decade, our lifestyles have been becoming more and more reliant on digital tools and human interactions have been increasingly coming under threat. It remains to be seen whether the current extraordinary and testing circumstances will push humanity further into virtual space with little hope to go back to where we were before the pandemic struck.

Gburcik concludes: “The pharma sales forces and physicians may get used to the new reality, and thus the use of the virtual meetings and tools may get boosted far beyond the pandemic.”

About GlobalData

4,000 of the world’s largest companies, including over 70% of FTSE 100 and 60% of Fortune 100 companies, make timelier and better business decisions thanks to GlobalData’s unique data, expert analysis and innovative solutions, all in one platform. GlobalData’s mission is to help our clients decode the future to be more successful and innovative across a range of industries, including the healthcare, consumer, retail, financial, technology and professional services sectors.

CityDash AI Cutting Edge SAAS Data solutions for Cities and Public Sector

CityDash AI is the real-world knowledge graph for the public sector
CityDash AI is the real-world knowledge graph for the public sector
CityDash AI is the real-world knowledge graph for the public sector

CityDash AI is a cutting edge SAAS for cities and data solutions for the necessary real-world knowledge graph for the public sector and our cities that increasingly need aligned efforts on data to proper. This is the right tool for the smart cities that have to be the area of focused of any government special now.

The easy-to-use map-based visual dashboard captures a trillion data points from a billion devices every month to provide accurate and anonymized People Intelligence™ for city departments and agencies.

CityDash AI is a recognised GovTech 100 company, trusted by Amazon and featured in the AWS Marketplace for Smart City Solutions. With the platform any organisations or city can can start your free 30-day trial at any time and after have a tailored data source that can be super powerful to oprimise cities and government efforts.

CityDash AI provides essential integrated analytics and data intelligence for economic development, urban planning, mobility, transportation, smart assets, public safety, law enforcement, 311 customer service, parks, recreation programs, and city events.

Some of the focus areas of the platform as seen in their website https://citydash.ai/:

Issue Impact Analysis

What is the impact of construction noise, potholes, debris, blight on people in the neighborhood? Cities are inundated with 311 reports and complaints every day. CityDash AI helps cities to evaluate the impact of a reported issue by providing a deeper understanding of how many people are in the vicinity of the issue, and might be impacted by a delayed response.

Demographic Analysis

How do income level and unemployment rate correlate with neighborhood blight? Civic complaints like overgrown vegetation, graffiti, blight, illegal postings, abandoned vehicles, shopping carts, garbage, junk, and debris can be correlated with neighborhood demographics in CityDash AI, and addressed through community outreach programs.

Commercial & Industrial Zones

Can cities measure the health of retail businesses and downtown areas? CityDash AI provides macro footfall analysis for commercial and industrial zones, as well as micro analysis for individual establishments, brands and businesses. Cities can combine such data with other indicators to evaluate and track the overall health of the local economy.

Building Occupancy & Usage

Does low occupancy in commercial zones signal an economic downturn? The number of people within buildings and structures can be an excellent indicator of economic health and local employment rate. Cities can utilize CityDash AI to track the aggregate usage trends for office spaces and commercial buildings as well as libraries and community centers.

Community Engagement Analytics

How many people visited farmers’ markets? What is the trend week on week? Cities organize hundreds of events every month, from senior recreation to adult education to youth camps. Cities also host festivals, sporting events, trade shows, and conventions. CityDash AI tracks people counts for events and provide a quantitative measure of community engagement.

Sensor Site Selection Analytics

What are the ideal locations for installing IoT based on people density and movement? Cities are investing hundreds of millions of dollars in deploying IoT grids and smart assets. CityDash AI pinpoints the ideal locations for installing new lighting poles, cameras and sensors based on accurate historical data and heat maps of people presence, activity and movement.

Sensor Grid Impact Analytics

Are the visit trends similar for new connected EV charging stations and legacy chargers? Cities can evaluate the direct impact and benefits of their IoT grid by measuring the tracking people density in proximity of grid assets and sensors, like electric vehicle charging stations, smart displays, outdoor kiosks, solar lighting points, waste receptacles, and transit stations.

Origin-Destination Analytics

Where are people going to, where did they come from, and what places did they visit along the way? Cities are in need of accurate and continuously updated dispersion analysis, also known as origin-destination analysis. CityDash AI provides the tools necessary to understand the flow of people across different neighborhoods, transit hubs, and downtown districts.

Transit Hubs & Routes Analytics

How can shared transportation services operated by the private sector complement public transit?Reducing traffic congestion, lowering emissions, and improving the flow of persons and goods is the #1 priority for cities and metros. CityDash AI provides local government with deep insights about people using public transportation like trains and buses relative to ride-share and scooter-share services.

Disaster Impact Analytics

Did residents in impacted neighborhoods evacuate speedily as wildfires ravaged through California? Public Safety agencies can utilize CityDash.ai to get insights into the effectiveness of established evacuation procedures for natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornados as well as accidental disasters like wildfires, explosions, hazardous material incidents.

Billboards & Banners Analytics

How effective were Apple’s WWDC banners and billboards in the City of San Jose in the month of June? Cities are monetizing their real estate through real-world marketing promotions for sporting events, conferences, festivals, exhibitions, and concerts. CityDash AI provides an end-to-end platform for campaign management, attribution analytics, and performance measurement.

Parks & Trails Usage Analytics

Are more people visiting local parks, gardens and open spaces this year? CityDash AI empowers cities to make data-driven decisions and allocate budgets and resources for parks and recreation programs based on engagement and usage. The dashboard provides people counts and visit trends by day, month, and season, along with demographic insights.

Blocks, Tracts, Neighborhoods

How can cities evolve beyond people click-counting and error-prone community surveys? Cities need to get smarter with how they count people. CityDash AI provides hourly, daily, and monthly pre-computed people counts based on multi-layered city shapes. The drawing tools enable cities to define custom shapes on the map and measure people counts for each shape.

Crime Incident Impact Analytics

How many people were in the vicinity of the crime incident when it occurred? CityDash AI correlates crime data with people density through the real-world knowledge graph. Police Departments and law enforcement can leverage the graph to inform critical decisions on resource deployment and response time, and can also assist in crime analysis for case investigation.

UCR Analytics & Automation

How can police departments comply with federal data reporting requirements? The FBI requires local law enforcement agencies to submit a comprehensive monthly statistical analysis of city crime data. CityDash.ai saves agencies time and money by automating the UCR compute, presenting through an online dashboard as well as downloadable PDF reports.

WHO, UN Foundation and partners launch first-of-its-kind COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

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WHO, UN Foundation and partners launch first-of-its-kind COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

News release, 13 March 2020 News release

GENEVA and Washington, D.C. – A new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Solidarity Response Fund will raise money from a wide range of donors to support the work of the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners to help countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund, the first-of-its-kind, enables private individuals, corporations and institutions anywhere in the world to come together to directly contribute to global response efforts, and has been created by the United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, together with WHO.

“We are at a critical point in the global response to COVID-19 – we need everyone to get involved in this massive effort to keep the world safe,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “We are immensely grateful to the UN Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation for coming forward to help us set up this fund. A lot of people and institutions have been saying they want to contribute to the fight against the novel coronavirus. Now they can.”

The fund launches with major support already lined up, including from Facebook and Google who have instituted a matching scheme for funds raised through their platforms, while individual donors are also supporting the fund through www.COVID19ResponseFund.org.

“We can’t ignore the fact that this is a truly global problem – one that requires truly global solutions,” said Elizabeth Cousens, UN Foundation President and CEO. “The case for global cooperation could not be clearer – communities everywhere are affected, and people want to contribute. This new fund will create space for people everywhere, together, to fight this virus.”

Funds will go towards actions outlined in the COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan to enable all countries – particularly those most vulnerable and at-risk, and with the weakest health systems – to prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 crisis including rapidly detecting cases, stopping transmission of the virus, and caring for those affected.

WHO and its partners are seeking financing for protective equipment for frontline health workers; to equip diagnostic laboratories; improve surveillance and data collection; establish and maintain intensive care units; strengthen supply chains; accelerate research and development of vaccines and therapeutics; and take other critical steps to scale up the public health response to the pandemic.

The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund is hosted by two foundations, the UN Foundation (registered in the United States) and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation (registered in Switzerland). Both foundations have established relationships with the World Health Organization, allowing for efficient transfer of financial resources to enable COVID-19 response efforts.

Apart from giving online at www.COVID19ResponseFund.org, the UN Foundation can also receive donations via check or wire from around the world by contacting COVID19Fund@unfoundation.org.

All donations made to the United Nations Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by the law, where applicable (U.S. and Switzerland). Additionally, Swiss Philanthropy Foundation has partnered with Transnational Giving Europe to extend tax benefit to certain additional European countries where applicable.

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More:

COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak information

About the United Nations Foundation

The UN Foundation brings together the ideas, people, and resources the United Nations needs to drive global progress and tackle urgent problems. Our hallmark is to collaborate for lasting change and innovate to address humanity’s greatest challenges. With an insider’s knowledge and outsider’s flexibility, we stay agile to get things done. Learn more at: www.unfoundation.org.

The Rockefeller Foundation Commits $20 million in COVID-19 Assistance to Strengthen Global Pandemic Preparedness and Support

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The Rockefeller Foundation Commits $20 million in COVID-19 Assistance to Strengthen Global Pandemic Preparedness and Support Vulnerable Communities

News release, March 19, 2020

NEW YORK – The Rockefeller Foundation is committing $20 million to create a better tracking and management system for COVID-19 and address the needs of America’s workers, families, and vulnerable communities around the world. The Foundation is supporting efforts in these key focus areas: new technologies to accelerate current and future pandemic preparedness and response capabilities around the world, and systemic change to close the gaps this crisis has highlighted for those in need. The Rockefeller Foundation will also provide key assistance and support in the cities where it operates, especially Bellagio, Italy; New York, NY; Washington, DC; Nairobi, Kenya; and Bangkok, Thailand.

“This global pandemic has exposed the reality that too many Americans cannot meet their basic needs, and globally, too many communities lack the resources and technologies to adequately track, mitigate, and overcome this disease,” said Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. “The Rockefeller Foundation is ready to work in partnership with others to identify, invest, and scale-up solutions in the communities we serve here at home and around the world.”

Families Facing Economic Challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a spotlight on the failure of the American dream. Forty percent of Americans lack $400 in savings to address emergencies. Nearly 40 million Americans struggle with food insecurity, with 30 million schoolchildren across the country relying on school meals for sustenance twice a day. The Foundation will be providing immediate assistance designed to help workers, families, and the most vulnerable communities dealing with a new reality that includes lost wages and increasing food and housing insecurity. The Rockefeller Foundation recently announced a $65 million commitment to working families, promoting the use of proven innovations, effective economic policies, and investments in people and places that build a stronger safety net.

Data-Driven Public Health

In keeping with its tradition of founding and supporting the practice of public health, the Foundation will support innovations that enable countries to respond better to the current outbreak and build capacity to identify and mitigate the spread of disease in future public health emergencies. In particular, its work will:

align with and leverage the Foundation’s work to develop or enhance data-science tools geared towards rapid tracking and predicting the direction of a pandemic and
explore developing a pandemic-response tool to help civil society and governments track how they are responding and managing their response.
A challenge this large requires partners and the alignment of resources to reach the scale and scope needed to bend the COVID-19 curve. The Rockefeller Foundation will continue to work with other foundations, organizations, and investors to deepen its impact around these two critical focus areas. Through collaboration, these efforts will help vulnerable communities get through and beyond these current challenges while strengthening underlying health systems – so the world is better prepared to respond to future pandemics when they arise.

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About The Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation advances new frontiers of science, data, and innovation to solve global challenges related to health, food, power, and economic mobility. As a science-driven philanthropy focused on building collaborative relationships with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation seeks to inspire and foster large-scale human impact that promotes the well-being of humanity throughout the world by identifying and accelerating breakthrough solutions, ideas, and conversations. For more information, sign up for our newsletter at rockefellerfoundation.org and follow us on Twitter @RockefellerFdn.

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Business loan scheme could worsen mental health of Britain’s business leaders

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Business loan scheme could worsen mental health of Britain’s business leaders

Government’s business loans will have considerable mental health consequences for decision makers potentially tethered to life-long business debt

Mental health treatment specialists Smart TMS discuss impact of government’s support plan on mental wellbeing of entrepreneurs and key decision makers across Britain

During what is likely the most turbulent and troubling period for the majority of the UK’s businesses, the government’s business interruption loans may simply exacerbate the existing financial pressures and mental health consequences facing Britain’s entrepreneurs.

Over 99% of all of Britain’s businesses are made up of small and medium sized companies with less than 250 employees, a huge portion of which will have no choice but to apply for the government’s recently announced business interruption loans to prevent their collapse.

One of the key caveats of such loans is that business owners may be forced to become the personal guarantor for any loans totalling over £250,000. However, a significant portion of small and medium sized businesses will likely need to apply for well in-excess of the £250,000 threshold, given that around 245,000 SMEs in the UK employ over 10 people – with the average turnover of a business of this size being nearly £3million. This results in the founders and entrepreneurs most in need of these business loans having to take significant personal financial burdens which are likely to have serious mental health consequences.

This news coincides with new data on mental health in the professional community from mental health treatment specialists Smart TMS which reveals the extent to which Britain’s entrepreneurs are already struggling with mental health challenges. The added pressure of potentially losing one’s personal possessions, finances and livelihoods as a result of business loans is certain to cause significant mental health consequences amongst Britain’s huge community of entrepreneurs and professionals:

· Over 1 in 5 (22%) of ABC1 professionals feel they cannot take time to prioritise their mental wellbeing as it would be a detriment to their business

· 3 in 10 (29%) of ABC1 professionals suffer unmanageable levels of anxiety and stress as a result of their job

· Almost 3 in 10 (28%) of ABC1 professionals feel they cannot discuss their mental health concerns with their peers for fear of judgment or loss of reputation

· Over 1 in 5 (21%) of ABC1 professionals have not sought mental health treatment or support because treatment would take too much time

Gerard Barnes, CEO of Smart TMS, offers the following commentary on the mental health struggles faced by many entrepreneurs and professionals as a result of Coronavirus and discusses the impact it could have on their mental wellbeing:

“Smart TMS’ research shows that a truly startling number of professionals are suffering severe mental health issues from the expectations and pressures that come out of their work; the added pressure of the circumstances brought about by Coronavirus mean that mental wellbeing of Britain’s entrepreneurs and professionals is likely to be further negatively impacted . Founders and entrepreneurs are already under huge pressure to keep their business afloat and keep people employed within it – potentially having to personally guarantee loans essential to the businesses survival will make this situation even more acute.

It is vital for everybody, especially those who are entrepreneurs or professionals who endure huge amounts of stress and who carry a great deal of responsibility on their shoulders, to understand that they are likely prone to depression, and should ensure that they are in a position to seek help and treatment if needed.”

Petition urges Government to mass produce masks to protect NHS staff and public

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Petition urges Government to mass produce masks to protect NHS staff and public

Business experts and scientists have launched a petition urging the Government to mass produce face masks to protect NHS workers and the public from coronavirus.

Three British doctors died from coronavirus over the weekend and frontline health workers have repeated warned they are running out of basic protective equipment such as masks and visors.

Fashion and textile firms claim they could have begun manufacturing masks and gowns for NHS staff nearly two weeks ago, but have received no orders from the Government.

The petition has been launched by Professor Jennifer Wen, from engineering and technology group WMG, and Professor Qing Wang, of Warwick Business School, both based at the University of Warwick. This petition is also supported by medical experts across the country including those in Birmingham Medical School and the Imperial College Medical School.

Professor Qing Wang warned the shortage of suitable masks for health workers and the public was undermining efforts to slow the spread of the virus in the UK and putting lives at risk. 

She said: “The Prime Minister has said he believes that the UK can turn the tide on coronavirus within the next 12 weeks.

“However, frontline medics have repeatedly raised concerns about the shortage of adequate protective equipment, including medical grade face masks.

“The latest scientific evidence also provides support for mass masking as an important measure to complement social distancing, especially for core workers, shoppers, police, and politicians who have frequent contact with a large number of people, and/or operate in a confined space.

“This measure proved to be critical in the battle against this deadly virus in other countries particularly in Asia including South Korea, Japan and China.

“In the UK, there has been conflicting advice about the use of face masks, compounded by the shortage of face masks due to the lack of production capacity.”

Professor Jennifer Wen said: “The Government has acted promptly to encourage national industry to produce ventilators for the fight against Covid-19.

“It is equally important that we develop our national capacity to produce face masks of different grades for NHS staff and the general public to help suppress the outbreak.

“The whole world is looking to buy more personal protective equipment. It was recently reported that French border guards impounded trucks filled with 130,000 masks bound for the UK.

“Given the national emergency we are currently facing, it is essential that the UK has its own supply of critical items, such as face masks, to protect our national security and safety.”

For more information about the petition visit https://www.change.org/p/house-of-parliament-maylor-of-london-nhs-british-people-who-want-to-have-masks-to-protect-themselves-and-the-other-around-them-but-cannot-find-masks.

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For more information contact Warren Manger, media relations officer at Warwick Business School, on 07876 217983 or warren.manger@wbs.ac.uk.

Smart Cities: the Heartbeat of Our Cities ABC Humanity Tribes

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Cities are all about people’s lives and thanks to 4IR technologies such Blockchain, AI and IoT, Smart Cities have become the heartbeat of our Cities ABC Humanity Tribes

“Men come together in cities in order to live:
they remain together in order to live the good life.” — Aristotle

What is the city but the people? — William Shakespeare

“Urbanization, one of humankind’s most successful and ambitious programs, is the triumph of the unnatural over the natural, the grid over the organic… Underway on a scale never before witnessed, one side effect of urbanization is the liberation of vast depopulated territories for the efficient production of ‘nature’.” — Bruce M

“A smart city is an intelligent town that provides enormous possibilities for human growth through art, culture, social, architectural, economic, political, environmental, and scientific flowering with the optimal mix of nature, technology, humanity, and arts.”― Amit Ray, Peace Bliss Beauty and Truth: Living with Positivity

Cities are all about people’s lives. Big social groups of people living and collaborating together. Whether you are in London, New York, Singapore, Tokyo or Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Barcelona these cities offer the best in the world and all these cities are able to serve so many millions of people together because of their adoption of smart technologies which makes them leading smart cities.

Smart Cities are the heart of the beating of the best in the world and in the interstice of all challenges, innovation and concerns. Special when it comes to organisation of society, citizens, innovation, technology and data, smart cities are the center of all operations and challenges and opportunities. A Smart city definition is still open but is an urban area that uses different types of 4IR – Fourth Industrial Revolution – technology, special digital transformation and solutions such as blockchain, artificial intelligent, electronic Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to collect data and then use insights gained from that data to manage assets, resources and services efficiently.

Smart cities, like the city states in the past, embed the highest hopes of humanity through the promise of harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution 4IR innovative technologies for better lives and social harmony. However, smart cities represent also and could incarnate the challenges, fears of a dystopian ecosystem of over ‘controlled lives’, society in some kind of panopticons governed by the emergence and disruption coming out of artificial intelligence, IoT, Blockchain and automated devices augmented tools and software digital transformation systems.

Since the 20th century the world is moving to cities, fast and for the long term. In a cognitive and increasingly driven by tech era, cities themselves are moving and changing faster than ever. Cities are evolving, ever-changing, not fixed on a marked destination. Humanity is at the most important moment of its inception in an important point in that evolution, as new forces emerge and combine to create new ways for cities to work and societies to live.

Smart city data architecture solutions by Dinis Guarda for citiesabc.com
Smart city data architecture solutions
by Dinis Guarda for citiesabc.com

As big data and Social media flourishes in this environment, revolutionizing the way leaders, citizens interact with space, cities will be the biggest challenge and opportunity for the next 100 years. The data, technologies that drives the smarter city must be rightly managed and secure, to safely fuel unhindered progress.

As national governments increasingly focus on national issues, cities are at the forefront of all human activities and must take greater advantage of the most advanced technologies to update service delivery. New possibilities and business models target the creation of radical new efficiencies, sustainable solutions for long-standing challenges.

Cognitive computing, blockchain technology solutions and artificial intelligence in particular and its capacity for building citizen engagement, identity and sustainable models of circular economic values introduces fresh opportunities for government organizations to improve citizens’ lives and the business environment, deliver personalized experiences, and optimize program and service outcomes.

The choices we need to make today are multiple and mostly about what makes a city smart empower our lives and make them matter for multiple reasons. The challenging momentum of technological innovation will continue, and in the next decades will be bigger than in all history of humanity. So the way we plan, manage and architect smart cities has to be done in a way to increase in the near future, giving us new ways to address pending global challenges, in areas such as social inclusion, climate change, inequalities, health or education.

On the other hand because the majority of the human race leaves in societies and these individuals whose lives will depend on such choices will be city dwellers. Yet, for city leaders, investors, and citizens, such choices often remain difficult to make because they are complex, and often rely on imperfect or asymmetrical information. Real estate tactics have often prevailed over transport, energy or waste management concerns. Quality of life seldom received priority over urbanistic, architectural or technological ambitions. And efficiency sometimes eclipses social harmony.

Cities abc - smart cities ecosystem architecture by Dinis Guarda
Cities abc – smart cities ecosystem architecture by Dinis Guarda

In all avenues of human challenging life, it remains extremely difficult to improve without thinking inclusively and empowering both humans, nature and balance in a way that can be measured. It is hence no surprise that so many ‘smart city indices’ have blossomed over the past few years. The main reason is simple: the quasi-totality of existing indices remains technology-centric. But lots of work needs to be done to build the right basis of smart cities balance solutions.

4IR Blockchain and AI in particular are changing the way cities operate, deliver, and maintain social cultural and public amenities, from structure, urban planning, lighting and transportation to connectivity and health services. However, the adoption smart cities infrastructure has a long way to go and can be obstructed by the selection of strategies that doesn’t efficiently work together or integrate with other social, economic and cultural city services.

For cities to truly benefit from the potential that smart cities offer, a change in mindset is required. The authorities should plan longer and across multiple departments. We can easily see that cities can benefit tremendously from technological advances but work has to be done between investors, entrepreneurs, startups, corporations, universities, governments and international organisations.

Smart Cities if well managed are critical now more than ever to lead us in these challenging times. They are the heartbeat of the 21st century because we are a digital world that needs data to improve our civilisation but also the frame we need to use for us. The focus should be on it as a way to solve humanity’s challenges in an empowering way.

Life Sciences Companies Commit Expertise and Assets to the Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic Alongside Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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PR: Life Sciences Companies Commit Expertise and Assets to the Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic Alongside Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Collaboration to address product development and scale-up challenges posed by the current pandemic

SEATTLE, March 25, 2020 – Today, a consortium of life sciences companies announced an important collaboration to accelerate the development, manufacture, and delivery of vaccines, diagnostics, and treatments for COVID-19. The life sciences industry brings a range of assets, resources, and expertise needed to identify effective and scalable solutions to the pandemic, which is affecting billions worldwide. The impact on health systems, economies, and livelihoods is profound, and an effective response requires an unprecedented collaboration across governments, academia, the private sector, and the philanthropic community.

As co-chair of a consortium life science companies headquartered across three continents, Vas Narasimhan, chief executive officer of Novartis, said, “We feel a deep shared responsibility to see if there are specific areas where collaboration across the life sciences industry and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation can accelerate solutions to this pandemic. In addition to the individual contributions companies are already making, collective action is critical to ensure any promising studies into vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics are quickly scaled to people around the world who are affected by this pandemic.”

Trials of existing drugs, diagnostic tests, compounds, and investigational vaccines have begun across the globe to identify interventions that could slow or end the pandemic. Products that demonstrate efficacy will require clinical study, scale up of manufacturing, and distribution if proven effective. The life sciences industry has extensive experience in managing these processes for products that reach billions of people every day.

“We know that the private sector is where the technical skills and know-how regarding discovery, clinical trials, and commercialization sit,” said Mark Suzman, chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “We look to harness that knowledge and experience—combining it where possible—to connect with national regulators and the World Health Organization to see if we can help flatten the curve of this epidemic and make sure the results reach everyone around the world, particularly those at highest risk and the poorest.”

Following a conference call with Gates Foundation leadership earlier this month, companies are working to identify concrete actions that will accelerate treatments, vaccines, and diagnostics to the field. As a first step, 15 companies have agreed to share their proprietary libraries of molecular compounds that already have some degree of safety and activity data with the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator—launched by the Gates Foundation, Wellcome, and Mastercard two weeks ago—to quickly screen them for potential use against COVID-19. Successful hits would move rapidly into in vivo trials in as little as two months.

“This is an encouraging start in a critical area, because if any of these compounds are shown to be effective against COVID-19, it dramatically accelerates the path to product approval and scale up,” said Suzman. “While each of the consortium’s partners will also be pursuing independent efforts with national governments and others, we are optimistic that this unprecedented collaboration will provide a platform for a fundamentally different kind of partnership to help address this global health emergency.”

Companies participating in the collaboration include BD, bioMérieux, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eisai, Eli Lilly, Gilead, GSK, Johnson & Johnson, Merck (known as MSD outside the U.S. and Canada), Merck KGaA, Novartis, Pfizer, and Sanofi.

About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Mark Suzman and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.